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A bill introduced by Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole aims to safeguard the religious liberties of Alaska children while in state custody. Pre-filed on Jan. 10, HB 191 would require foster parents to ensure that a child is able to continue attending their home church while placed in foster care. The bill would also ensure that a child be housed with foster parents or agencies in areas that are accessible by road to...

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Planned Parenthood, Alaska’s largest provider of abortions, held a strategic planning session on Jan. 7 in Anchorage. The event took place at Writer’s Block Café where a “We Support Planned Parenthood” sign stood in the window. About 30 people came, including Anchorage Rep. Andy Josephson, Anchorage School Board candidate James Smallwood and Alaska House candidate Janice Park who is running for Anchorage seat 25. Also on hand were several Alaska Watchman allies. Here’s what they...

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For Alaskans who wish to do more home improvements in 2020 without funneling money to a massive corporation that supports abortion and same-sex “marriage,” there are options. According to 2ndVote, a national watchdog group that monitors the philanthropy of major corporations, Home Depot scores poorly when it comes issues like abortion, same-sex “marriage” and religious liberty. Each week 2ndVote takes a look at a popular company that performs poorly on the 2ndVote scoring system and...

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Every U.S. coin boldly asserts, “In God we trust.” That idea is beginning to take hold in the hearts and minds of an emerging group in Homer, Alaska. “We have a plan, and we have a lot of people,” said Pastor Mark Edens of Regent Life Church in Homer. “It is exciting. It feels like the beginning of a movement.” ROUSING THE CHURCH Two months ago, Edens helped launch “Heaven in Government,” a monthly event...

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A retired airline pilot, Sherrie Laurie, didn’t see this trip coming. She started volunteering at Anchorage’s Downtown Hope Center and then became director three years ago. Initially she just hoped to demystify the homeless and overcome her general discomfort with the population. Quickly, however, she felt compelled to help meet the growing needs of Anchorage’s most vulnerable women and men. MEETING ‘HEART NEEDS’ “This began with a Baptist pastor and his wife in 1978, simply...

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With the U.S. Senate confirming Deputy Assistant Attorney General Lawrence VanDyke to sit on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, President Trump issued a blow to the liberal grip on a key federal court that hears Alaska cases. The 9th Circuit has long been known to block pro-life and religious liberty appeals in the nine states it serves: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Major conservative and pro-life groups celebrated his...

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The Anchorage Assembly held a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, where it approved a business license for  a new marijuana shop to open just 55 feet from a faith-based outreach that operates as a church and homeless shelter. Hope Center serves some of the most vulnerable citizens in Anchorage, offering shelter, food, education and spiritual guidance to hundreds of people living on the streets. The group also houses a church in its building located...

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The Anchorage Assembly is set to proclaim Nov. 20 as a “Transgender Day of Remembrance” at its Nov. 19 meeting. A resolution to this effect is scheduled for a vote to “honor transgender people around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence.” The resolution aims to support “a forum for the transgender community and allies to raise awareness of the threat of violence faced by transgender people, and the prejudice and discrimination...

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Sen. Dan Sullivan is among those praising President Donald Trump for nominating an historic number of conservative judges to the federal bench. Last week the president had his 158th judicial nominee confirmed. This includes two Supreme Court justices, 44 Circuit Court judges and 112 District Court judges. Approximately one out of every four active judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals has now been appointed by Trump. “President Trump has nominated a historic number of...

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As winter settles in, Alaskans have choices to make when it comes to buying steamed lattes and winter gear. 2ndvote.com highlights businesses that uphold traditional beliefs about marriage, the sanctity of life and other issues of concern to shoppers who want to spend money at businesses that share their values. Recently, the national non-profit group highlighted North Face and Starbucks as businesses that should be avoided for those who share long-held beliefs about the sanctity...

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